The Woman Behind Little Women - Louisa May Alcott

'The Woman Behind Little Women', is a biography of Louisa May Alcott by Harriet Reisen, and now a documentary to be aired on PBS on December 28, 2009.

"Louisa May Alcott, the author of Little Women, is an almost universally recognized name. Her reputation as a morally upstanding New England spinster, reflecting the conventional propriety of mid-19th century Concord, is firmly established. Raised among reformers, iconoclasts and Transcendentalists, the intellectual protégé of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, Alcott was actually a free thinker, with democratic ideals and progressive values about women – a worldly careerist of sorts. Most surprising is that Alcott led, anonymously and under the pseudonym A.M. Barnard, a literary double life not discovered until the 1940s. As Barnard, Alcott penned some thirty pulp fiction thrillers, with characters running the gamut from murderers and revolutionaries to cross-dressers and opium addicts – a far cry from her better-known works featuring fatherly mentors, courageous mothers and impish children."


Official site for film

Interview with author Harriet Reisen and producer Nancy Porter




Louisa May Alcott, The Woman Behind Little Women from Nancy Porter Productions on Vimeo.

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for this post. I won't be able to see the documentary but I could try to get the book. I just love LMA!

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  2. Hopefully someone can upload it for you! I'm looking forward to learning more about her as well!

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